Title: Multi-sensor surveillance of indoor environments by an autonomous mobile robot

Authors: Donato Di Paola, David Naso, Annalisa Milella, Grazia Cicirelli, Arcangelo Distante

Addresses: Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (ISSIA), National Research Council (CNR), Bari, Italy. ' Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering, Politecnico of Bari, Bari, Italy. ' Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (ISSIA), National Research Council (CNR), Bari, Italy. ' Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (ISSIA), National Research Council (CNR), Bari, Italy. ' Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (ISSIA), National Research Council (CNR), Bari, Italy

Abstract: An autonomous mobile robotic system for surveillance of indoor environments is presented. Applications of the proposed system include surveillance of large environments such as airports, museums and warehouses. A multi-layer decision scheme controls different surveillance tasks. In particular, this paper focuses on two main functions: building an augmented map of the environment and monitoring specific areas of interest to detect unexpected changes based on visual and laser data. The effectiveness of the system is demonstrated through experimental tests. The results are promising, proving the proposed methods to be successful in detecting either new or removed objects in the surveyed scene. It is also shown that the robotic surveillance system is able to address a number of specific problems related to environment mapping, autonomous navigation and scene processing, and could be effectively employed for real-world surveillance applications.

Keywords: intelligent systems; autonomous robots; multi-sensor surveillance; sensing; sensor fusion; RFID technology; robot control; radio frequency identification; mobile robots; indoor environments; monitoring; robot surveillance; mapping; autonomous navigation; robot navigation; scene processing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISTA.2010.030187

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, 2010 Vol.8 No.1/2/3/4, pp.18 - 35

Available online: 11 Dec 2009 *

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